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Katherine Plessner

It's begun! Area corn, soybean harvests under way

A new government report confirms what most people in Upper Midwest agriculture knew already: The region's 2019 corn and soybean harvests have begun, a little sooner than usual.

Harvest of the two crops is under way in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota, according to the latest weekly crop progress released Sept. 17 by the National Agricultural Statistic Service, an arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report, which reflects conditions as of Sept. 16, also found that spring wheat harvest is virtually wrapped up in Minnesota and South Dakota and nearly finished in Montana and North Dakota. Four percent of North Dakota spring wheat remained to be harvested, with 6 percent left in Montana.

Generally warm, dry conditions in July and August "pushed" the crop, or accelerated its development, leading to the earlier-than-usual harvest.

Wheat, corn and soybeans are the region's three major crops. Here's a closer look at what the report says about corn and soybeans:

Soybeans

Minnesota — Seven percent of the crop was harvested on Sept. 16; the five-year average for the date was 2 percent. Fifty-nine percent of the crop had dropped leaves on Sept. 16, compared with the five-year average of 36 percent.

South Dakota — Six percent of the crop was harvest on Sept. 16; the five-year average for the date was 1 percent. Sixty-eight percent had dropped leaves on Sept. 16, compared with the five-year average of 51 percent.

North Dakota — Ten percent of the crop was harvested on Sept. 16; the five-year average for the date was 2 percent. Eighty-one percent had dropped leaves on Sept. 16, compared with the five-year average of 64 percent.

Corn:

North Dakota — One percent of the crop was harvested on Sept. 16; the five-average for the date was zero percent. Forty-six percent was mature on Sept. 16, compared with the five-year average of 17 percent.

South Dakota — Two percent of the crop was harvested on Sept. 16, compared with the five-year average of 1 percent. Forty-four percent was mature on Sept. 16, compared with the five-year average of 23 percent.

Minnesota — One percent of the crop was harvested on Sept. 16; the five-year average for the date was zero percent. Forty-two percent was mature on Sept. 16, compared with the five-year average of 19 percent.

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